PuSh International Performing Arts Festival

The PuSh International Performing Arts Festival is one of Vancouver’s signature events. Produced over three weeks each January, the PuSh Festival presents groundbreaking work in the live performing arts.

The PuSh Festival expands the horizons of Vancouver artists and audiences with work that is visionary, genre-bending, multi-disciplined, startling and original. The Festival showcases acclaimed international, Canadian and local artists and mixes them together with an alchemy that inspires audiences, rejuvenates artists, stimulates the industry and forges productive relationships around the globe.

PuSh International Performing Arts Festival Vancouver, BC, Canada
May 10, 2018
Festival Producer About the Role This contract position is a unique opportunity for a keen and passionate individual to make a meaningful contribution to one of Vancouver’s most significant cultural organizations. This position is responsible for Festival planning, preparing contracts with presented artists and co-presenting partners, and managing Festival budgets. Reporting to the Interim Executive Director, the Producer works closely with the Interim Artistic Director, Production Manager, and other seasonal staff to ensure that the artistic work at the Festival is produced with care and presented in the best possible circumstances. You will be part of a high-performing, collaborative, vibrant, highly engaged and tight-knit team, and be an active participant in various PuSh Festival activities, events and meetings. This is a contract position with a fee based on a pro-rated annual salary of $40,000. Total hours and fee will be negotiated with successful candidate, but the expectation is for roughly 750 hours from June 2018 – February 2019. Hours are flexible, though full-time availability is required the weeks prior to, and throughout the Festival, January 15 to February 3, 2019. This contract position includes but is not limited to the following responsibilities: Provides support to senior management in negotiating and preparing contracts with presented artists/companies, touring and presentation partners, venues, and other key stakeholders. Maintaining Festival budget, working closely with senior management and Production Manager to ensure projections are accurate and up to date, and financials are reconciled in a timely fashion. Develop and maintain a work plan and timeline to ensure that the myriad components of the Festival are completed on time, on budget, and in such a way that the artistic work at the Festival is produced and presented in the best possible circumstances. Anticipate and manage artistic needs within the constraints of Festival schedules and budgets. Supporting Artist Services department with travel planning for visiting artists. Acquires performance rights and licenses where necessary. Acts as the point person between departments in the day-to-day management of productions and to ensure efficient operation between year-round and festival contract staff. Assists the Artistic Director with general festival planning. Represent the Society at events and meetings as necessary. Participate in the Festival and other activities as necessary. Support the efforts of the Society and other Society personnel as necessary. Attend regular production meetings of the staff and contractors as scheduled by the Managing Director. This is a new position and as such other duties and responsibilities may be required.   About PuSh The PuSh International Performing Arts Festival is one of Vancouver’s signature cultural events. Taking place over three weeks each January, the PuSh Festival presents groundbreaking work in the live performing arts: theatre, dance, music, and various forms of multimedia and hybrid performance. The next edition of the PuSh Festival takes place January 15 to February 3, 2019 at more than 15 venues across Vancouver. Each year, the PuSh Festival presents Main Stage shows, Club PuSh shows, an industry conference called PuSh Assembly, a film series, artist workshops, artist talks and many other ancillary events. In all, the PuSh Festival offers over 150 paid and free events over the course of 20 days. The Festival draws an annual attendance of 25,000+ and is beloved by Vancouverites as a highlight of the cultural calendar for its daring programming.   Application Process To apply for this position, please  email your resume and cover letter to search@pushfestival.ca with the subject line “Festival Producer” by 5pm on Friday, May 25th, 2018.  In your cover letter, let us know what excites you about the working with the PuSh Festival, and tell us why this position is the right step for you and your career at this time. Only those selected for interviews will be contacted. PuSh is an equal opportunity employer.